Nats-Marlins postponed, doubleheader Sunday

Nats-Marlins postponed, doubleheader Sunday
September 21, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The Nationals and Marlins game on Saturday night was postponed due to inclement weather, after a three hour and 45 minute rain delay as grounds crew officials looked for a window to play. The teams will make it up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday with the game times set for 1:35 and 7:05 p.m.

The rain began around 3:30 in the afternoon and continued through the night, ranging from medium to heavy as it poured down. The Nationals were hoping to play as it is their second to last home game of the season. They travel to St. Louis on Sunday and wanted to avoid leaving Washington late at night.

The pitching matchups will be adjusted, with Dan Haren (9-13, 4.88) now pitching the first game for the Nats with Tim Koehler (3-10, 4.51) as his counterpart. Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) will then pitch the home finale with Brian Flynn (0-2, 9.64) starting for the Marlins.

The Nats announced the postponement on their big screen scoreboard at 11:03 p.m., nearly four hours after the game was supposed to start. The message brought boos from the crowd who had waited all night.

The decision took as long as it did because it is the last homestand of the 2013 season for the Nationals. If this was earlier in the year, the league likely would have called it much earlier in the night.

According to the Nats' press release, fans with tickets to the postponed game can now use them for the 7:05 p.m. start on Sunday. Those who still can't attend will be able to exchange their ticket for any 2014 game other than Opening Day or 'marquee' games.

This is the second time just this week the Nats have postponed a game and scheduled a doubleheader. Monday's tragedy at the Navy Yard caused them to reschedule their season opener against the Braves for Tuesday.

Saturday's postponement also forced the team to cancel their postgame Montgomery Gentry concert. They were unable to bring them back the following day to perform.

Shortly after the Nationals postponed the game, around 11:10 p.m., the rain stopped at Nats Park and the grounds crew pulled off the tarp. By then it was too late and the postponement had already been announced.